I'm not sure there are words to describe my general disinterest with Fujiya & Miyagi's new record. I am still a huge fan of their breakout compilation, Transparent Things, and though Lightbulbs managed to push the band in a slightly new direction, it lacked the tight songwriting and general groove of its predecessor. Ventriloquizzing, as a furtherance of Lightbulbs, is sadly forgettable: I've listened to the record about ten times since it leaked, and frankly I haven't heard a single standout track to bring me back to the album.
Stylistically, the album is less varied than Lightbulbs, lacking that record's softer side, but the new songs simply don't engage on the level of Transparent Things. Honestly, I just can't place my finger on why the new Fujiya & Miyagi material doesn't live up to the old, but suffice to say, whatever magic happened on that record simply isn't here, much to my dismay. I think ardent fans of the band will enjoy having a new set of tunes to groove to, but for a more casual fan of the band, such as myself, this one just doesn't do it. The album sounds flat despite solid production, and the songs just don't have the hooks to grab your attention.